The United States Supreme Court weighed in for the first time on the election challenges brought by Trump and his allies on Tuesday by rejecting their effort to overturn Biden’s victory in Pennsylvania.
In a one-line unsigned order, the Supreme Court allowed the decision from the Pennsylvania Supreme Court to stand.
“The application for injunctive relief presented to Justice Alito and by him referred to the Court is denied,” the order said.
The Pennsylvania Supreme Court tossed out a lawsuit led by Republican Congressman Mike Kelly challenging a 2019 law that expanded mail-in voting in the state.
Kelly and Pennsylvania Republicans filed an emergency lawsuit last month seeking to invalidate the more than 2.5 million mail-in ballots that Pennsylvanians used to vote in the Nov. 3 election.
They argued that provisions that allowed expanded mail-in voting in the state were unconstitutional.
“Upon consideration of the parties’ filings in Commonwealth Court, we hereby dismiss the petition for review with prejudice based upon Petitioners’ failure to file their facial constitutional challenge in a timely manner,” the order from the Pennsylvania Supreme Court read. “Petitioners sought to invalidate the ballots of the millions of Pennsylvania voters who utilized the mail-in voting procedures established by Act 77 and count only those ballots that Petitioners deem to be ‘legal votes’”.
The Supreme Court ruling is a major blow to Donald Trump and his allies who were hoping that the high court with its conservative majority and a third of the justices appointed by Trump would overturn the election and hand him a second term.